Thursday , Aug , 18 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Grant heading to Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns and free agent forward Brian
Grant agreed to a contract on Thursday.

Although terms of the deal were not disclosed, the Arizona Republic reported
last week that the contract was for two years and for the $1.67 million
biannual exception with a player option for a second season.

Grant, though, will likely be the richest player on the Suns roster next
season, as he is still slated to earn $29.8 million over the next two seasons
from the Los Angeles Lakers, who designated him as their amnesty waiver
choice.

According to the new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, each team was
permitted to waive one “amnesty” player on or before August 15 and
to remove that player’s salary from its payroll for purposes of computing its
tax payment for the 2005-06 season and any future seasons for which the player
was under contract.

An 11-year veteran, Grant played in 68 games last season with the Lakers,
averaging just 3.8 points per contest and pulling down 3.7 rebounds – both
career lows.

Grant, who was acquired by Los Angeles in the blockbuster deal that sent
Shaquille O’Neal to the Miami Heat last summer, has averaged 10.7 ppg and 7.6
rpg in 735 career games with the Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers,
Heat and Lakers.

PHO